Nothing can derail a potentially successful fantasy football season quicker than injuries. That’s especially true at the ever-so-critical wide receiver position, where elite-level players can make or break a contending fantasy team. As we head into Week 17 and fantasy championships, several WRs find themselves on the injury report for their respective teams. Thus, fantasy managers need to pay close attention to any WR injury updates and reports as NFL kickoffs draw near.
Fantasy WR Injury Report Week 17 | AFC
In the middle of what has seemed like a brutal season full of injuries, these are the fantasy-relevant WRs in the AFC currently on the NFL’s Week 17 injury report. With some players trending in the wrong direction, fantasy managers might need to start considering secondary options.
Marquise Brown and Devin Duvernay, Baltimore Ravens
Per the Ravens’ injury report, Marquise Brown (illness) was a DNP on Friday. Brown was a full practice participant Wednesday but missed both practices to close out the week.
Meanwhile, Devin Duvernay (ankle) was a limited participant on Thursday. Duvernay did not practice Wednesday after missing Week 15.
Emmanuel Sanders, Buffalo Bills
Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports Emmanuel Sanders is not expected to play against the Falcons due to a knee injury. Sanders was a limited participant on Wednesday but did not practice on Thursday and Friday.
Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos
The Broncos placed both Tim Patrick and Jerry Jeudy on the reserve/COVID-19 list this week. Neither wide receiver is expected to play this Sunday against the Chargers, leaving Denver extremely short on pass catchers.
Danny Amendola and Chris Moore, Houston Texans
The Texans placed Danny Amendola and Chris Moore on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Thursday.
Laviska Shenault, Jacksonville Jaguars
After missing Week 16 while on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Jaguars activated Laviska Shenault on Friday. Shenault is also dealing with shoulder and foot injuries.
Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins
Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Miami Dolphins placed Preston Williams on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Tuesday following a positive test.
Nelson Agholor, N’Keal Harry, and Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots
Evan Lazar of the CLNS Media Network reports Nelson Agholor (concussion) wasn’t spotted at practice Thursday and was listed as a DNP. Per the Patriots’ injury report, N’Keal Harry was also a limited participant for the second day due to a hip injury. Meanwhile, Jakobi Meyers was a limited participant Thursday.
Jamison Crowder and Elijah Moore, New York Jets
Rich Cimini of ESPN reports Jamison Crowder (calf) did not participate in practice this week and is doubtful for Week 17. Crowder didn’t practice at all last week before sitting out against the Jaguars. He appears to be on a similar path this week.
Jets head coach Robert Saleh told reporters on Friday that Elijah Moore, who is on the reserve/COVID-19 list and dealing with a quad injury, won’t be available for Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers. Saleh added there is a chance Moore can play in Week 18 against the Bills.
A.J. Brown and Julio Jones, Tennessee Titans
A.J. Brown (calf) was back at practice on Friday. He did not participate Thursday after recording a full practice the day before. It appears his absence on Thursday was maintenance-related rather than a substantial injury.
The Titans also placed Julio Jones on the reserve/COVID-19 list on December 27. With both Jones and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine on the COVID list, Brown’s availability in Week 17 should prove critical.
Fantasy WR Injury Report Week 17 | NFC
Which NFC wide receivers currently sit on the injury report ahead of Week 17? Who is in danger of missing their matchup this week, leaving fantasy managers in a difficult position?
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals
Rondale Moore (ankle) was a limited practice participant on Thursday. It was his first on-field reps since injuring his ankle in Week 15 against the Lions.
Tajae Sharpe, Atlanta Falcons
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports the Falcons placed Tajae Sharpe (foot) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday after he tested positive for the virus.
Marquise Goodwin and Jakeem Grant, Chicago Bears
Per the Bears’ injury report, Marquise Goodwin was a full participant on Friday due to an illness. Godwin missed the previous day but seems ready to go for Week 17.
Jakeem Grant was a full participant for the third straight day on Friday and appears close to coming out of the NFL’s concussion protocol after suffering a head injury in Week 15.
Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds, Detroit Lions
On Thursday, the Lions placed Kalif Raymond and Josh Reynolds on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
Deonte Harris and Tre’Quan Smith, New Orleans Saints
Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football reports Deonte Harris had his three-game suspension lifted on Tuesday. Harris had violated the NFL’s policy and program for substances of abuse. However, he remains on the COVID list after being added on Sunday.
Per the Saints’ injury report, Tre’Quan Smith was a non-participant Thursday. Smith sustained a chest injury in the first half of Monday night’s game against the Miami Dolphins.
John Ross, Collin Johnson, Darius Slayton, and Kadarius Toney, New York Giants
John Ross did not participate in Thursday’s practice due to a knee injury. The Giants are trying to manage his work as he comes off the reserve/COVID-19 list. They also placed Darius Slayton on the COVID list on Thursday due to a positive test.
Meanwhile, both Collin Johnson (hamstring) and Kadarius Toney (shoulder) have been ruled out for Week 17.
Antonio Brown and Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers assistant coach Harold Goodwin said Antonio Brown aggravated his injured ankle in practice this week and will be a game-time decision for Sunday against the Jets, per Greg Auman of The Athletic. Brown returned last week following an eight-game absence and caught 10 of 15 targets for 101 yards.
Meanwhile, Tampa Bay activated Mike Evans (hamstring) off the reserve/COVID-19 list. Evans missed the team’s Week 16 win at Carolina due to the hamstring injury.
Curtis Samuel, Washington Football Team
John Keim of ESPN reports Curtis Samuel (hamstring) is questionable for Week 17 against the Eagles. Samuel reportedly has a chance to play after missing the last two games. He has played in just four games this season due to a groin injury he sustained in June. Furthermore, he has yet to record over 25 snaps in a contest.
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